Krosno Odrzańskie

Krosno Odrzańskie [ˈkrɔsnɔ ɔˈdʐaɲskʲɛ] (German: Crossen an der Oder) is a city on the east bank of Oder River, at the confluence with the Bóbr. The town in Western Poland with 11,319 inhabitants (2019) is the capital of Krosno County. It is assigned to the Lubusz Voivodeship (since 1999), previously part of Zielona Góra Voivodeship (1975–1998).

Krosno Odrzańskie
Parish church
Parish church
Flag of Krosno Odrzańskie
Coat of arms of Krosno Odrzańskie
Krosno Odrzańskie is located in Lubusz Voivodeship
Krosno Odrzańskie
Krosno Odrzańskie
Location of Krosno Odrzańskie in Lubusz Voivodeship
Krosno Odrzańskie is located in Poland
Krosno Odrzańskie
Krosno Odrzańskie
Location of Krosno Odrzańskie in Poland
Coordinates: 52°2′N 15°6′E / 52.033°N 15.100°E / 52.033; 15.100Coordinates: 52°2′N 15°6′E / 52.033°N 15.100°E / 52.033; 15.100
Country Poland
Voivodeship Lubusz
CountyKrosno Odrzańskie
GminaKrosno Odrzańskie
Town rightsbefore 1238
 • MayorMarek Cebula
 • Total8.11 km2 (3.13 sq mi)
Highest elevation
85 m (279 ft)
Lowest elevation
38 m (125 ft)
 • Total11,319
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
66-600 to 66-603
Area code(s)+48 68
Car platesFKR


The town was first mentioned as Crosno in 1005,[2] when Duke Bolesław I Chrobry of Poland had a fortress built here in the course of his armed conflict with Emperor Henry II and the West Slavic Veleti confederation. Due to its strategic location as a point of passage across the Oder,[2] it played an important role at the western border of the Polish kingdom with the Holy Roman Empire during the 11th to 13th centuries. In 1163 Krosno was part of the Duchy of Silesia ruled by Bolesław I the Tall of the Silesian Piasts at Wrocław. In 1201 it received its town charter by Bolesław's son Duke Henry I the Bearded. Henry erected a stone castle at Krosno, where he died in 1238 and where his widow, Hedwig of Andechs, took refuge during the 1241 Mongol invasion of Europe. When the Duchy of Wrocław was finally divided in 1251, the town became part of the newly created Duchy of Głogów under Konrad I.

Crossen a. d. Oder in 1900

The town changed hands several times; once it was given as payment to soldiers of the Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg. When the last Piast duke Henry XI of Głogów died without issue in 1476, his widow Barbara of Brandenburg, daughter of Elector Albert Achilles of Brandenburg, inherited the territory of Crossen. The Brandenburg influence met with fierce opposition by Henry's cousin Duke Jan II the Mad of Żagań, who devastated Krosno but in 1482 had to sign an agreement with Albert Achilles, who was able to retain the Krosno area. As a former part of the Duchy of Głogów it officially remained a lien of the Bohemian kingdom until in 1538 King Ferdinand I of Habsburg, renounced all rights to Crossen in 1538, thereby finalizing the district's belonging to the Neumark region of the Brandenburg margraviate.

With Brandenburg, Crossen became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701. In reforms after the Napoleonic Wars, the town became part of the Province of Brandenburg in 1815 and was the seat of Landkreis Crossen as part of Regierungsbezirk Frankfurt . As a result of the Unification of Germany, it became part of the German Empire in 1871. In May 1886 the town was devastated by a whirlwind.[2]

In 1945 during World War II, the town was conquered by the Soviet Red Army. After Germany's defeat in the war, the town once again became part of Poland, being east of the Oder–Neisse line.

Notable peopleEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

See twin towns of Gmina Krosno Odrzańskie.


  1. ^ "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". Statistics Poland. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Crossen" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 509–510.

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